Yellowstone slowing down slightly

Holden Russell with a nice afterwork fish. Photo: John Bond

Following last week’s action the Yellowstone has certainly gotten a little tougher.  That said, some nice fish are still getting caught and the best guides are still doing well, mostly on nymphs or streamers.  The dry fly fishing up high has still been very good however, although there will a be compromise on the size of fish.  We’ve heard reports of a few straggler salmonflies above the canyon, but for the most part they have all moved into the Park. There are still goldenstones and yellow sallies above Yankee Jim canyon however, and the fish have been happy and looking up.

KK Roussino with her first fish on the fly!

John Bond and Cathy Edgar with a good one!

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Clarity Report

High tides, high sides... Logan with a good one. Photo: Dean Poli

Despite the recent afternoon thunderstorms, the Yellowstone is still good to go clarity wise.  With just a couple more big storms on the radar we should be out of the woodworks by wednesday, provide the Lamar doesn’t get hit hard this evening or tomorrow afternoon.   We did just get a mid-day report today (7/15) that there is a little mud mid-valley, which usually happens if a heavy hitting storm falls on 6-mile creek.  But this should be short lasting.  The fishing has slowed down slightly but people are still have fun fishing dries up high.  There are still a few Salmonflies lingering above Yankee Jim canyon although many have moved up into the Park.  Give us a call if you’d like to book a trip! 406-222-7130.

Willie Leidolf with a nice Yellowstone rainbow... Photo: Marshall Kirk

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Salmonfly Fever Continues…

Anthony and Kyle Power, doubled up! Photo: John Bond

The Yellowstone has been fishing well.  Certain days have been better than others, but overall the dry fly action has been solid.  Most boats are still throwing salmonflies up high, with a fair amount of goldenstones, sallies, and caddis on the water as well.   As the river continues to drop the streamer bite is also worth a try, especially if you’d rather not nymph and the dry fly bite slows down.  Salmonflies are also fishing well inside Yellowstone National Park if you feel like a “hike and strike” now is a great time to get out there and enjoy our first national park!

Steve Flood with a nice salmonfly eater. Photo: Hank Bechard

John and Richard with a nice fish from today (7/11)

"The Fever," its a sickness for sure! Photo: Hank Bechard

Stonefly shucks in the Park...

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Lakes Fishing Well

Like father like son! John Bubnikovich with a nice brown of his own!

The Yellowstone has been fishing very well the past few days, but there has also been some great dry fly fishing on both local and private lakes lately.   Damsels, callibaetis, sedges, cicadas and terrestrials have all been working well out there, with a few big fish even looking up and taking the dry.  If you are out here for a few days consider adding a lake day to your trip!  Give us a call to book a guide or for the latest report.  406-222-7130.

Jack Bubnikovich with a big Brookie! Photo: James Anderson

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Salmonfly Fever!

John and Megan Knowless with a nice brown!

Salmonfly Fever continues… most boats have been heading up high to be in the middle of the salmonflies.  There have also been a bunch of sallies, caddis, goldenstones, and big chocolate colored sedges.   Nymphing with stonefly nymphs has been effective and the streamer bite has been decent as well, especially where you are not seeing as many big bugs in the bushes.  Give us a call for the latest report or to book a trip. 1-406-222-7130.

Marian Cummings and Jed with another solid brown...

Life is better with the captain! Jamie Van Dyke with a heavy cutbow Photo: CC


Silje Haugen with a nice Valley brown. Photo: JB

Katie Morey with a salmonfly eater up high. Photo: Francis Clougherty

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Yellowstone Fishing Well

Sally Camp and Chase with her first trout! Photo: Len Rosoff

The Yellowstone is on the drop and fishing well!  Salmonfly fever is now in full effect with big bugs anywhere from Emigrant up to Gardiner.  Flows are still a little burly so be careful out there and have fun!  Give us a call to book a trip.  406-222-7130.

Salmonfly Fever is here!

Its spotty out there but certain willows are drippin' Photo: John Bond

Whitefish eat Salmonflies too!

Another nice brown from up high

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Clarity Report

Clarity above Carter's, (Thursday 7/4)

The Yellowstone is still looking good today despite the hard thunderstorms the past two afternoons.  Pine Creek down is still rocking and rolling and too pushy to fish effectively.  Better to wait until 8,000 CFS for that.  Salmonfly dries have popped and the fish have been taking dries tight to the willows.  There have been lots of caddis and sallies out there, as well as a few large “chocolate” caddis and even some green drakes.  Give us a call to book a trip! 1-406-222-7130.

Steve Flood with the brown of the day... Photo: Hank Bechard

Benn Busalacchi with a nice afterwork brown... Photo: Holden Russell

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Clarity Report

Clarity in town, (Monday 7/1)...

The Yellowstone is starting to shape up.  Looks like the Lamar is starting to level out, with temperatures in the high 70′s and low 80′s this week we could be on the drop soon.  Flows at Carter’s Bridge this morning are around 12,00o CFS so the valley will fish much better than town or below town where the bank is more pushy.  Salmonflies are now thick on the upper Madison, as are the people chasing them.  We have spotted a few Salmonflies on the Yellowstone as well but not many have been caught on dries as of yet.  The Missouri and the Spring Creeks are also fishing well with PMD’s, so there are lots of options out there.  Give us a call to book a trip!  1-406-222-7130.

CFS on the Lamar looks like it is starting to level out...

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SW Montana Fishing Well

Life is better with the Captain! Jess Marquis with a nice brown. Photo: CC

South Western Montana rivers are on the drop and fishing well.  There are a lot of places to go right now including the all the major blue ribbon streams as well as smaller spring creeks, mountain streams, and local stillwaters. There have been Salmonflies, goldenstones, sallies, PMD’s, caddis, brown drakes, and terrestrials out there so there has been no shortage of bugs out there.  Get out there and have some fun!  Give us a all for the latest report or to book a trip: 1-406-222-7130.

Life is better with the Captain! Jamie Van Dyke with a nice rainbow. Photo: CC

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PMD’s on the Spring Creeks

Tom Bailey and John Bond enjoying the afternoon at Nelson's.

PMD’s have been coming off in full force on the Spring Creeks.  Mornings have been slower, but the afternoons have offered dry fly anglers some solid action.  From what we can gather, the larger (size 14-18) infrequens PMDs hatched at bit earlier on the Yellowstone Aquife, which flows through Armstrong’s and DePuy’s and a day or two later on Alluvial Fan Aquifer, which flows through Nelson’s.  It took the fish a day or so get really get on the bugs but they are keyed in now.  We’ve heard reports of some smaller (size 16-20) inermis PMD’s coming off on Armstrong’s and DePuy’s as well, which shouldn’t be far behind on Nelson’s.

Scot Simmons with a big Nelson's rainbow! Photo: John Bond

If you get to the creek early you might try nymphing with scuds, midge larva, and PMD nymphs.  If the evening before was relatively calm, you should also look for spent spinners from the night before.  Sometimes these will get stuck in an eddy and the fish will be looking for them early in the morning. Depending on the day, around 10:00 or 11:00 you should start to see some surface activity.  A sparkle dun or something similar with a trailing shuck is a good choice when you first notice duns coming off.  After a while, you might switch to a compara dun or no hackle. Fish with 6X or 6.6X to get the best drift…

John and Tom, all smiles! Photo: Scot Simmons

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